“Is it true, Prince, that you once said ‘beauty’ would save the world? Gentlemen,” he cried loudly to them all, “the prince insists that beauty will save the world!”Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot, Part III, Chapter V
The Moon enters Libra on Thursday April 14 at 21:46 UT/16:46 EDT, and the Full Moon in Libra will be exact at 26º45’ on April 16 2022 at 18:55 UT/14:55 EDT. After it reaches fullness, the Moon only remains in Libra for approximately six hours before scurrying off into Scorpio, and the last aspect it makes is a square to Pluto at 22:57 UT/17:57 EDT. This is the first Full Moon of the astrological year, fleetingly short, a tight blend of tension and inspiration.
Libra is a sign known for its diplomacy and desire to maintain harmony. This Full Moon, in its opposition to the Sun in Aries, is captured in a tight T-square with Pluto, putting at odds the harmonious will to personal power, the importance of relationship and the need for catharsis and renewal. This T-square is a portrait of interpersonal tension, as people feel under pressure to determine what is theirs and what belongs to others – psychologically, spiritually, practically and emotionally. Pluto, lord of the underworld, is a difficult energy at the best of times, and here, embroiled with the forces of emotion and ego, its cathartic influence creates a profound urge for upheaval and renovation of the existing state of affairs. Add to this the sense of compulsion that is natural to Pluto, and we have a yearning for deep transformation, an itch that needs to be scratched even if we leave ourselves raw in the doing. The accommodating Moon in Libra feels oppressed by the heavy-handed energy of Pluto in Capricorn, and it needs help from the Sun in Aries to find its way free.
The energy of Aries versus Libra can be seen like this. Imagine getting up in the morning, not picking up your phone, not looking at your computer, or the television, not switching on the radio – not connecting with the outside world at all. You only check in with yourself. You sit down and write a few notes in a journal – consider how you are feeling, what you want or need to do with your day as you focus on yourself only. That’s Aries energy, all “Me”. In contrast, you can immediately look to the outside world for information, direction, inspiration, entertainment, all of which modifies how and who you are in any given moment – that’s Libra – all “We.” When we add a square from Pluto in Capricorn, we are challenged by forces outside of our control. It’s like sky debris hurtling from space, landing on our front doorstep, energy that comes from the world beyond our personal lives, and impacts everything across this spectrum of “Me” and “We.” Collectively, Pluto indicates that our very foundations are being remade, and this impinges on how we understand everything about “Me” and “We” – who we are as individuals, and our relationships with others.
The current Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces sees the two rulers of that sign united, and that could be a glorious thing, but it adds a sense of deception to this time by creating the illusion that nothing is real, nothing is important, and that pleasure and idealism are all that matters. These two planets travelling together must be handled with great care, lest we get loss in the swirling mass of mythic powers. As a culture, we have been anesthetized with time-wasting habits, and it is so easy to just disconnect from the real world – click, surf, move on. What a luxury it is to be able to deny reality! Just remember to consider the following concepts: how do we fall prey to illusion, in self-concept, and in relationships with those closest to us, and the world at large? What does “reality” mean? What do we hide from ourselves and others? What is being hidden from us? While the possibility of delusion is high with this Jupiter/Neptune conjunction, there is also so much inspiration available which we can use to build a better world for ourselves and others. As such, we cannot give up and fall into despair or delusion. There is too much work to do people! We must continue to shine light into the darkest places of our collective experience, even if all you can muster is the smallest gesture of peace and consideration, a prayer in the dark. This is an intense time, and frightening for so many who are in the midst of conflict. Remember the ideals which lead us to strive, and hold them close. Consider this as a period of renovation; we are going through the ugly, messy, seemingly hopeless stage of tearing down what is old and useless, and things don’t look good right now. We have to keep in mind our highest ideals and what we want to see emerge from all this mess.
The quote at the beginning of this article is from the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, from his book The Idiot, written in 1869, a time of much turmoil for the author, as well as the world. Sadly, we see how recently the actions of one particular Russian have resulted in the misery and horror of millions of people. As a result, world opinion of all things Russian has plummeted to a state of hatred and revulsion, and even Russian contributions to literature, art, philosophy, and science are being removed from education curricula the world over. I hesitated to use this quote, given what is happening, but we cannot deny the impact that writers like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy have made to the body of literature. Some of the most profound creativity the world has ever seen comes from Russia, and we must give credit where it is due. This small five word sentiment is one which is particularly valid at this time: beauty will save the world. Beauty, art, aesthetics – these are universal pursuits which elevate humanity and give us hope and the will to survive. This is a fitting remembrance for a Full Moon in Libra, Venus-ruled sign of all things beautiful, erudite and refined.
In the spirit of Venus-ruled Libra, be a warrior for beauty. Do something beautiful in your life – whether it’s dressing up in your best clothing, using color that pleases you in your fashion or environment, buying some flowers or delicacies, visit an art gallery, listen to some exquisite music – do something to honor the spirit of beauty, and share it with those you love. Do your part, be a torch-bearer and shine the light of beauty into the world now, as it’s needed most. Remember that the only way to shut down negativity is by being positive, and you don’t have to entertain negativity in your life, even if it’s the devil you know best. Be open to inspiration and wonder. Look for beauty in this world and it will find you. Embrace beauty, and let it inspire you as you let the delicate light of this Full Moon in Libra fill your heart with the gentle grace of Venus.
Aries: Even warriors need time to heal and rest, Aries, and that is perfectly fine. You are feeling full of spit and vinegar, and ideas for expansion of what you hold most valuable are flying faster than you can catch them. Take the time to record all this good stuff, you’ll be surprised to review it all later. This Full Moon is a good time to take a long hard look at your relationships and consider how they are affecting who you think you are. You want the world to see a different you – alright, it’s going to take some serious soul-searching, a solidifying of your act, and courting some more mature playmates. The inspiration is there, and your dreams are beautiful. Let go of the reins, and let them come to life they way they want to, once and for all.
Taurus: Your persona is crackling with innovation, and hell, maybe just a little bit of genius, but you need to stabilize that good stuff. You like stability, remember Taurus? It’s time to get serious – really serious about how you want the world to see you, and that is going to take work, work and more work, but in a new way that reflects this emerging worldview. Are you up for it? The spotlight is on your habits, your daily routines, and your health. How could subconscious material be tripping you up? What are you hiding from yourself, what needs to be uprooted to free up the energy you can put to better use elsewhere? Old stuff impacts how the world is seeing you; that’s not necessarily bad, but structure could be useful.
Gemini: The spotlight is on your creativity Gemini. Embrace the beauty in your world and let yourself be a channel this Full Moon. Share something that makes your heart sing, and let your sense of beauty inspire how the world sees you. Much energy is available for you to capture your inspiration – look to your dreams, flashes of vision, and let the creative juices flow. Zingers from your subconscious mind will surprise, but could very well lead to new directions as you work on solidifying your personal philosophy. Control issues could prove discomforting, as you work through what’s mine and what’s yours. Stand your ground, but don’t be a bully either.
Cancer: This Full Moon, the spotlight is on your home/career axis, Cancer. What does home mean to you? Partnerships compel change, and you look to your worldview, philosophies, higher learning and your sense of justice to inform the decisions you make about how your power and that of those around you impact your sense of personal mission. Expect surprises from your social scene, you may meet new people who shake you up with their innovative ways. On the career front, your ego is in the game, even though you feel a bit put upon by the past, expectations that just won’t seem to leave you alone. Some things cannot be changed, and it is wise to acknowledge what that means to you, and make peace. Seek the solace of your inner sanctum, and make it beautiful.
Leo: The spotlight is on your closest confidants, your buddies, your immediate environment and how you communicate on a daily basis. You have ideas brewing about the world, and you want to share them, though issues of power, sexuality and control add spice to the mix. Partnerships are either solid, stodgy or downright withholding right now – take your pick and work with it, even if it’s no fun. Go for what suits you, but don’t shy away from structure. Remember, not everyone can keep up with your shining ways. Work, routine and health provide an arena for change – what can you do to eliminate bad habits and start on a new path? Expect surprises in career, perhaps an announcement about a sudden change in direction. It could even come from you.
Virgo: What do you hold dear, Virgo, and how does that measure up with what those closest to you value most? This Full Moon, allow your closest relationships to inspire you as your passion principle gets an overhaul. Partnerships and intimacy show you where your dreams lie, and beauty is found in higher thinking, learning, art, law and foreign travel and influences. Inspiration comes in surprising flashes as ideas you’ve been chasing suddenly become available for review. This is an excellent time to tighten up on any bad habits, do an overhaul of your health and domestic routines. If you want to start a new path and clean up your act, now’s the time to do so as you will be able to clearly see what needs work.
Libra: The spotlight is on your persona this Full Moon, Libra, as you stand face to face with issues of how others influence the way you put yourself out into the world. You are going through deep inner changes, revamping what security means on the deepest level of home and body; old traditions are sometimes the best, but if you want to put a spin on things, now would be the time to materialize your visions and kick up the old ways a bit. Creativity feels hard to come by, but when it does come, it sticks and what you make is solid. Don’t let yourself overindulge in workaholic tendencies; you need to rest and recuperate, and remember, lots of work happens in downtime too. In fact, that’s often when the best inspirations strike.
Scorpio: This Full Moon, connect with your dreams, Scorpio. It’s like there’s a light shining into your subconscious mind, and you have the opportunity to feel wonderful inspiration in your creative self expression, and in your experience of beauty and pleasure. Sounds great, but materializing your inspirations will take looking at your daily habits, your routines and your approach to work to unlock that good stuff. Home life could pose some restrictions, or on the other hand, allow you to feel the support you need to let that inspiration unfurl. Career is out there for all to see, though how (and what) you talk about it is in a state of transformation. Expect surprises in relationships and partnerships, or even an appearance from an old flame or enemy.
Sagittarius: The spotlight is on your society, Sagittarius. Who do you rub shoulders with? Who inspires you? What do you wish for most dearly? How do the people in your social scene affect your ideas of pleasure, joy and creativity? Do they help, or hinder? Communicating about this stuff feels tough, but if you have something important you’ve been wanting to say, now’s the time, because the message will be perceived as important and will be respected. Home life is dreamy, and you feel inspired by your inner sanctum. How you access the resources you need to keep those dreams alive needs some renovation. Don’t be afraid, your value structure is changing. Look for surprises in domestic, work and health routines as a new approach becomes apparent; pay attention, it could be a stroke of genius.
Capricorn: The spotlight is on career, Capricorn, and how your very roots affect what you put out into the world. Home offers you the foundation you need, but it can feel like an eternal compromise. Your persona is in the midst of total renovation, and your value structure is solidifying; you want to see the money, long-term and you are willing to do the serious, long-term work. Make peace with what you can’t change, and seek beauty in your daily world. Communications with those closest to you are inspired and you have much that is wonderful to consider. Joy, pleasure and creative output are supercharged; pay close attention to any brainwaves that come through over the course of this Full Moon. You are plumbing the depths; keep a record of this stuff, you will find it valuable in the future.
Aquarius: The spotlight is on your philosophies, Aquarius, and how foreign ideas, teachings and people from other places impact how you communicate. Your daily routines, interactions with those closest to you, and short-distance travel become amplified and you could find yourself quite busy as you seek to ground what you value in closer alignment with your outward persona. This is a good time for manifesting your dreams, though do be careful if you are taking out a loan that you don’t overextend yourself now. Home life and ancestry pose surprises; information comes to light which could change a lot about what you thought you knew, and material you’ve been carrying with you for some time. Keep a close record, you will want to review later.
Pisces: The spotlight is on power, power plays, how people hold things over you, and how you in turn like to control others, Pisces. Your value structure is what it is, for better or for worse, and you know it – but now’s a good time to look at how your values mesh or not with those most important to you. Expect surprising communication from relatives, siblings, neighbors and a lot of zooming around over the next few weeks. Old material that’s been buried in your subconscious mind feels like work as it maintains a heavy presence just below the threshold of consciousness. Your persona is inspired and you want to express your sense of blissfulness to the world. Let it unfurl, share what you know to be beautiful, and expect your social scene to respond in kind. Changes in your hopes and dreams are brewing. Take care of the daily stuff first, the rest will follow.